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Aldi and Lidl to open five times as many stores as big four

Aldi and Lidl are eyeing five times as many new store openings as their big four rivals combined as the duo ramp up their UK expansion.

According to Retail Week, discounters Aldi and Lidl have submitted 171 planning applications between them to build new supermarkets across the country. Aldi has filed 93 applications while its rival Lidl has lodged 78.

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have filed just 29 applications between them, according to figures compiled by Barbour ABI for The Sunday Telegraph.

Barbour ABI lead economist Michael Dall said: “This data further confirms the changing dynamics within the food retail market in the UK.

“Only five years ago these figures would have been dominated by the big four but Aldi and Lidl are now the major players in the construction of new food retail space.

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